Simon Evans: Genius 2.0


‘He’s reliably funny and refreshingly intelligent’ **** – The Times

‘’masterclass in socio-political comedy’ ***** – The Scotsman

At the Edinburgh Fringe 2017, Simon Evans presented his show Genius to near universal acclaim. A full throttle attack on the evident decline of intelligence in public life – offset by bitter sweet reflections on his own waning powers – The Scotsman awarded it their coveted five star rating, calling it a ‘vortex of despair’ but also a ‘masterclass in socio-political comedy’. The List regarded it as ‘magnificently pessimistic’.

Well, counter to common wisdom regarding the limitations of comedy as an engine for social change, the show had its desired effect on society. Evans’ warnings of a descent into full-scale ‘idiocracy’ have been heeded in just the nick of time! Everything’s much better now, thank you very much…

Just kidding. Nothing’s changed. We are all – still – doomed.

And the good news is that this means demand for Evans’ show is greater than ever, and his sell-out spring tour now continues into the autumn, all gins blazing. Sorry, guns. Definitely guns. Evans seems if anything to be actively energised by the chaos. It’s almost as if he enjoys the Hieronymus Bosch-like scenes unfolding daily before our eyes.

The show has evolved over the last twelve months, sucking in fuel for its central thesis – from the return of Love Island to the debacle of Jez-Fest to the confirmed statistical reality that IQ is actually falling for the first time in recorded history. The show revisits Edinburgh in 2018, as Genius 2.0, before hitting the road again in September, locked and reloaded. Surely this time he’ll reverse the decline?

Simon Evans has been a regular face on the comedy circuit for the last two decades, and has performed popular and critically-acclaimed shows at venues and festivals around the world – Montreal, New Zealand, South Africa, Hong Kong, Aspen, Switzerland, Norway and many more. His most recent UK tour, Genius, sold out venues around the UK, following critical acclaim at the Fringe last year.

In addition to hosting four series of his own show Simon Evans Goes to Market on Radio 4, where he is also a regular on The News Quiz, Simon has appeared twice on Live at the Apollo and on Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow, starred in a series of Stand up for the Week and has become an increasingly familiar face on current affairs and debate shows including BBC’s Question Time, This Week and The Big Questions. As a performer of distinctly adult wit and temperament, and indeed age, he also continues to be in great demand on the corporate and after-dinner circuit; a rare comedian who actually enjoys wearing a bow tie and hanging out with grown-ups.




Saturday 22               Exeter, Corn Exchange                    01392 665 938

Tuesday 25               Barnard Castle, The Witham           01833 631 107

Wednesday 26        Barnsley, Lamproom Theatre         01226 200 075


Thursday 11              Loughborough, Town Hall               01509 231 914

Friday 12                    Sudbury, Quay Arts Centre            01787 374 745

Wednesday 17        Aldershot, West End Centre           01252 330 040

Thursday 18              Basingstoke, Haymarket Theatre

Friday 19                    Barton-upon-Humber, The Ropewalk       01652 660 380

Saturday 20               Finchley, Arts Depot             020 8369 5454

Sunday 21                 Glasgow, The Stand                        0191 300 9700

Monday 22                Newcastle, The Stand                      0191 300 9700

Thursday 25              Tunbridge Wells, Trinity Theatre     01892 678 678

Wednesday 31        Canterbury, Shirley Hall                   01227 787 787


Saturday 3                 Swindon, Arts Centre                       01793 524 481

Friday 9                      Wolverhampton, Slade Rooms     0870 320 7000

Saturday 10               Dorchester, Arts Centre                   01305 266 926

Thursday 15              Redruth, Regal Theatre                    01209 216 278

Friday 16                    St Austell, Arts Centre                     01726 72685

Saturday 17               Ivybridge, Watermark Theatre        01752 892 220

Sunday 18                 Bath, Komedia                                  0845 293 8480

Friday 23                    New Milton, Forest Arts Centre      01425 612 393

Saturday 24               Didcot, Cornerstone                         01235 515 144

Monday 26                Brighton, Komedia                            0845 293 8480

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